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Heidi Shaffer, Published October 07 2012

Favorite Things: Apps that make life easier, more fun

Editor’s note: SheSays Favorites is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs each Monday. SheSays staffers will gather a few of their favorite things to share with readers. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Email shesays@forumcomm.com.

As someone who spends the majority of my waking hours staring at a screen, I’m always on the lookout for an app or two that can make my life a little easier in a fun way.

As a news junkie, I need a good stock of magazines to get me through the weekend. My fashionable side appreciates an app that organizes and catalogs my closet or makes buying a pair of shoes online a snap. And the etiquette-conscious (yet way too busy for my own good) part of me loves an easy way to keep in touch with family and friends.

Here are four of my favorite apps:

Zappos

I’m a shoe girl and often prefer the comfort of my home to stalk my next purchase.

Zappos iPad app makes show shopping almost feel like a game with its nifty filtering options and clothing categories. You can search, browse, read reviews and add to your favorites list.

Cost: Free

Available on: iPad, iPhone and Android

Closet

I’ve only just started using this app designed for the clothing obsessed.

Closet helps you digitize your wardrobe by categorizing and organizing every piece in your closet. Take a photo of each item, then create and schedule outfits.

I’ve yet to try the feature that helps you to plan a packing list and outfits for an upcoming trip.

Cost: $2.99 (Lite version is free).

Available on: iPhone

Next Issue

This app is a definite must-have in our household. Next Issue allows you to read 66 different magazines on your iPad device for $9.99 a month.

Considering how much my husband and I would spend on individual subscriptions, our monthly $14.99 fee to get our favorite weeklies like New Yorker, People and Entertainment Weekly is a definite bargain.

And the best part? Next Issue offers a free 30-day trial.

Cost: Free, but you must purchase a subscription package starting at $9.99 a month.

Available on: iPad has the most magazine choices, but many are also available for Android devices.

Red Stamp

Red Stamp allows you to send adorable greeting cards through your mobile device.

Invite friends to a party, send Grandma Bev a thank-you note or your nephew Nate a birthday card using photos from your phone and Red Stamps great designs.

Where was this app when I sent out my save-the-date notes for my wedding?

Cost: Free

Available on: iPad and iPhone